The Oakland Athletics acquired first baseman Adam Dunn and cash from the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 31. In exchange, the White Sox received minor-league pitcher Nolan Sanburn.
The White Sox also sent cash to the Athletics while getting minor-league pitcher Nolan Sanburn in return. Oakland, which is in a four-game slide, is in dire need of offense. The team hopes the veteran Dunn can provide that, per MLB.com's Jane Lee:
"Four games out of first place and struggling to gain any offensive momentum in a troubling August, the A's reeled in veteran power hitter Adam Dunn from the White Sox early Sunday morning to cap off a frenzied trade season.
"The A's sent right-hander Nolan Sanburn, their No. 12-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, to Chicago in the deal. The White Sox are also packaging cash with Dunn to help offset his remaining salary.
"The lefty-swinging Dunn has long been viewed by the A's as 'a guy that fit our offensive mind' for his homers and walks, said assistant general manager David Forst. Dunn will join the A's in Oakland on Monday for the start of a six-game homestand against the Mariners and Astros, and he will primarily DH against right-handers, as John Jaso did before hitting the 7-day concussion DL.
"The 34-year-old Dunn is in the final season of a four-year, $56 million deal and batting .220 with 20 homers, 54 RBIs and a .340 on-base percentage.
"'Look, we're trying to do whatever we can to get some offense going here,' said manager Bob Melvin, who had Dunn briefly in Arizona in 2008. 'The guy has a history of hitting homers and getting on base. I know he's excited about being with us.'
"'I'm going to a place with a chance to not only get into the postseason but also have a legitimate chance to get a ring,' Dunn told White Sox reporters Sunday. 'Those chances don't come too often, so I'm very appreciative of the way it was handled and for (general manager) Rick (Hahn) and them to give me an opportunity to do it.'
"The A's spent July bolstering their rotation, first landing Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel before pulling off a stunner of a trade that bought them Jon Lester. But in getting one of the game's best pitchers, they had to part with one of the game's most feared hitters in Yoenis Cespedes.
"The A's are 12-16 since the trade, and Cespedes' absence has magnified the club's recent offensive woes, which continued Saturday in a third consecutive loss to the first-place (Los Angeles) Angels. They've been shut out in two consecutive games and four times this month, entering Sunday with a 22-inning scoreless streak."
Dunn told CSN Bay Area on Aug. 31 he will probably retire after the 2014 MLB season:
"Adam Dunn is probably about to emebark on the final month of his baseball career, and he hopes it turns into his final two months.
"Dunn told reporters Sunday that this would likely be his final season in the big leagues while discussing the trade that sent him from the White Sox to the Oakland A's.
"'This is probably going to be it,' Dunn said. 'I think that also weighed a lot, too. This is an opportunity. I've been playing a long time and haven't got this opportunity, so I'm going to try to make the most of it.'
"Dunn agreed to waive his no-trade clause Sunday, accepting a deal to a team that's in position to reach the postseason, something Dunn has never done in his 14-year career.
"'I don't think (I could be talked out of it),' he said. 'Kind of the way that everything's gone down, and the family. I think you know when it's time. I feel like now's as good a time as any.'"
The 34-year-old Dunn has amassed 1,617 hits, 1,158 RBIs and 460 home runs on a .237 batting average in 1,976 regular-season games for the Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals and Chicago White Sox, per ESPN stats.